Plans that will see a giant retail chain take over Ayr's Matalan building have been given the green light.

We announced in February how Matalan bosses confirmed that the town's store, off Parkhouse Street, would be closing in the summer.

The fashion retailer stated that the building's owner has opted not to renew the lease, with work ongoing to secure jobs for the Ayr staff at other Matalan locations.

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A Matalan spokesperson added that store was set to close this summer.

Now officials from South Ayrshire Council have approved plans to carry out alterations to the building that will see it transformed into a Home Bargains store.

An application was lodged with the local authority by Iceni Properties on behalf of Home Bargains owner TJ Morris Ltd..

Approved plans will see alterations to the external look of the building and new signage.

The new store is also set to be fitted with a café area.

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The application paperwork states that "the proposal of development does not change the use of Unit 1, rather is in relation to the alterations necessary for the change in ownership from Matalan to Home Bargains".

Home Bargains already has a store at Ayr's Heathfield Retail Park.

It's not yet clear if the new plans will involve a relocation of the existing shop or will be an additional store.

A supporting letter submitted along with the formal application adds: "The proposal represents an opportunity to refresh the existing retail unit via several external alterations.

"The change in ownership from Matalan to Home Bargains comprises a series of alterations to the exterior of all elevations, which are considered to be in keeping with the immediate surroundings and is considered to improve the wider amenity of the area.

"The proposal will deliver a modern and distinctive retail frontage which is considered to enhance the amenity of the area."